I believe the influence of a building’s facade is more than skin-deep. Energy efficiency, human factors, and placemaking shape building enclosures while encouraging architects and engineers to push the boundary of what’s possible. I’m committed to creating practical exteriors that are transformative and meet striding energy targets – all while making occupants happier, healthier, and more productive.
For 19 years, I’ve been designing and analyzing the next generation of facades for new and existing buildings, including materials research in switchable transparency nanostructured thin-films for solar control and energy harvesting. I’m active within the facade community through peer-reviewed publications, teaching appointments, lectures, and conference presentations. But my passion is offering innovative approaches that will impact the building envelope of tomorrow. I want to help owners achieve transformative, reliable, and cost-effective building enclosures that elevate their occupants and their organization.
Facade Design Director, Studio NYL, has designed and realized award-winning structural and skin projects that merge high performance, high design, and constructability. He is the current national Vice Chair for the Building Enclosure Council and AIA National’s representative on the ASHRAE 90.1 Envelope Subcommittee. Will is also on the ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings and is a developer and trainer for ASTM’s and NIBS’ new Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) certificate program. Will has presented at various AIA state and local events, CSI’s National CONSTRUCT Convention, BEST5, BEC-Colorado and BEC Minnesota events, and at multiple AIA National Conventions.
Dr Sarah Stenabaugh is Senior Engineer at CPP Wind Engineering Consultants. She is an expert in wind load effects on structures, including residential or commercial developments, hospitals, sports facilities, airports, and museums. Sarah’s other focus is supporting clients to design effective amenity spaces from a wind perspective, including providing support on paver uplift, and furniture movement on outdoor terraces.
Dr. Tenent is a senior scientist in the Materials Science Center at NREL. Prior to joining NREL, he brought an early stage company out of a collaboration between North Carolina State University and the University of California-Riverside. This company (ZettaCore, Inc.) was founded to commercialize one of Science Magazine’s Break Through Technologies of the year in 2001 in the field of molecular electronics. Dr. Tenent still maintains substantial partnerships within the entrepreneurial community at local, national and international levels and acts as an advisor to multiple early stage companies. He helped found the Rocky Mountain Section of the Materials Research Society (RM-MRS). This organization provides a forum for local companies as well as scientist and engineers to network and learn about materials science-based entrepreneurship on the Front Range. He continues to work with multiple early stage companies through various programs at the Department of Energy as well as through NREL based technology incubators and is currently a Fellow of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA).
Dr. Tenent’s research interests range from characterization of fundamental electrochemical processes in a variety of systems to the integration of new materials into large scale architectural applications. He presently leads NREL’s research program in advanced technologies for architectural window applications. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) which develops the scientific and engineering principles to define architectural window performance internationally. Dr. Tenent’s research in building technologies cuts across multiple organizations within NREL including early stage technology development, building energy modeling, techno-economic analysis and technology demonstration and evaluation efforts. His interests in fundamental electrochemical processes build off of formal training as an electroanalytical chemist and focuses on understanding processes occurring immediately at electrode/electrolyte interfaces using a variety of methods. Dr. Tenent received a B.S. in Chemistry from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS (1994) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Mississippi State University (2000).
Daryn is a seasoned construction professional with nearly 20 years of progressive experience in both architecture and construction. Over the course of his career, Daryn has led some of white construction group’s most challenging and visible projects. His portfolio includes large ground-up developments, complex renovations and tenant improvements, and compelling adaptive re-use projects across a variety of market sectors. His diverse experience and hybrid background enables him to effectively communicate and lead all individuals engaged in the built environment, ensuring a cohesive team dynamic where everyone feels understood, valued, and informed.
Alliston Watts is a mechanical engineer and an experienced experimentalist who has been working in sustainable energy systems for over 12 years. His background includes conducting research in thermal characterization, material testing, and real-world data acquisition of building envelope technology and module level photovoltaic. Currently a Durability Research Engineer at NREL, he focuses on the characterization and durability of emerging fenestration products, particularly in the areas of emerging window technology.
Chad Mitchell is the founding principal of Meridian 105 Architecture. Chad’s commitment to architecture as a means to create connectivity is the driving force behind Meridian 105’s award-winning design. Under his direction Meridian 105’s work has been featured both domestically and internationally in numerous publications and at the Venice Biennale. With over 25 years of experience, he has overseen a variety of projects including urban commercial, multifamily, mixed-use, restaurant, retail, office, housing, and hotel.
Chad received a Bachelor of Design and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florida.
Andrew Dillenbeck primarily consults on the design and constructability of high-rise building enclosures for new construction. He also performs condition assessments and leak investigations of existing buildings and assists in the rehabilitation and retrofit of existing buildings. His building science interests include high-performance unitized glazing systems, historic masonry facades, and 3D evaluation and modeling of challenging building enclosure interfaces. He has traveled domestically and internationally to review unitized glazing facilities and to assist in performance testing of new and custom systems.
O’Hara is facade director for the Skins Group, a division of Studio NYL, established to provide full service facade design specializing in thermal modeling, moisture/condensation analysis, and in-depth detailing. Although Studio NYL is recognized for its skins work with cutting-edge glass and glazing, their team also specializes in digitally fabricated metal skins, GFRC, reinforced polymers, stone, ultra high performance concrete, terra cotta, and traditional precast. O’Hara is currently working on multiple projects in the Boston area.
Madison Likins-White is a third year PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on the connection between window durability and thermal performance with the goal of understanding and incorporating the relationship between the two into energy simulation software to improve whole building life cycle estimations. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M. Madison has been a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas since 2021.
In her more than ten years of practicing architecture, Jenny has contributed to many award-winning residences in Aspen, Telluride, and New York, as well as commercial developments in China, and resort communities throughout the Western United States. Jenny became an Associate in 2021, in recognition of her key contributions to design and delivery on some of the firm’s most notable projects.
She earned her Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a visiting diploma student at the Architectural Association in London, and earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Jenny is actively engaged in AIA Colorado, serving on the Practice and Design Conference Committee. She also serves on the Arts and Culture Board for the City of Glenwood Springs. In 2018, she was invited to be a guest speaker at the Aspen Art Museum’s Emerging Voices in Architecture, and in 2021, Jenny spoke at UC Denver School of Architecture + Planning. Her work with UC Denver extends to her involvement in the annual Aspen Summer Design Program, a three-week in-studio session for M.ARCH students in the Roaring Fork Valley sponsored by CCY.
With her strong design insight and ability to think outside the box, she brings thoughtful and innovative solutions to her clients. Her current and recent projects include internationally-recognized Meadow House, which has won several awards and has been covered extensively in media including Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, designboom, among others; DNA Alpine, Maroon Creek Overlook, Eglise Lodge, the Olympic Hotel, and 301 East Hopkins, which in 2021 was recognized with an award from the Aspen Historic Preservation Committee. Jenny was also an integral team member in producing CCY’s new and first monograph, Connection.
Jeff began working for Lerch Bates in 2010 and is currently working in the Lerch Bates Golden, CO office providing 3rd-party building enclosure consultation and Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) services. Jeff has been at the forefront for Lerch Bates in the world of BECx, taking on projects pursuing a variety of commissioning standards, and co-authoring, “ASTM 2813 and the Owner’s Project Requirements – Commissioning the Building Enclosure” published in The Construction Specifier. His willingness to take on challenging projects and complex enclosure assemblies has helped clients achieve project goals with practical approaches and has aided Lerch Bates in adding new service lines to our offerings.
Dionne Darling has been with The A|N Media Group for over six years. As A|N’s Associate Publisher, she manages A|N’s Texas headquarters and handles accounts in the West, Southwest and Europe territories. Dionne has over 28 years of direct B2B sales, management and business development experience.
Matthew Aschermann is a Senior Project Manager in JE Dunn’s Rocky Mountain division and a Denver native. He has spent his entire 17-year career with JE Dunn and recently led the completion of the Colorado State University Spur Campus, which included the construction of three adjacent buildings – Vida, Terra, and Hydro. The Spur campus inspires curiosity and interaction with the community and is part of the evolution of education. Other notable projects Matthew has been a part of include Spire Denver, the Denver Crime Laboratory, and Colorado Center Tower 3. He actively engages with his community, volunteering with Boys and Girls Club, Junior Achievement and participating with the Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program and Association of General Contractors Future Leaders Forum. Matthew is a LEED AP credited professional with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Colorado State University.
Dave Young has over 30 years of experience as a building enclosure consultant with extensive experience in building enclosure commissioning (BECx), design peer review as well as the evaluation, analysis, and repair of distressed and deteriorated building envelope components and systems. Projects have required an in-depth understanding of the detailing and installation requirements for various cladding, fenestration, water resistive barrier, and air barrier products, as well as the interfaces between these enclosure assemblies. Several projects have involved the repair or restoration of historic facades. In addition, He has experience in the evaluation and design of repairs for low slope roofing and waterproofing systems, concrete parking garages, and plaza decks. He is routinely involved in the investigation of water leakage, the evaluation of construction and design deficiencies, and the condition assessment of existing buildings.
Travis mentors others while guiding designs that come out of the education studio. His work is inspired by the surrounding environment allowing his solutions to morph given the existing physical environment. Travis’s process utilizes his skills with computer studies and physical models to explain his thoughts and work interactively with his team and his clients. He has been involved on many different projects but has a focus on educational facilities. He brings a sense of responsibility to the client that’s reflected in the design elements he incorporates in to each of his projects. Travis is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, College of Architecture and Planning, where he teaches senior design in a crossover studio of engineers and architecture students.
“As a enthusiatic Technical Sales Representative for JR Butler, Eric VonClausburg serves as a glass and fenestration expert. JR Butler incorporates engineering, manufacturing, and installation, enabling them to be in full control of the customers’ experience. By employing the very best engineers, designers, and planners, they guide architects to meet their design intent, help owners maximize value, and enable general contractors to build quality buildings faster. In our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, they perform work that is traditionally completed on site within a controlled environment with stringent quality control processes. In the field, J.R. Butler employs the very best and brightest individuals to install the highest quality product on time, every time.
As leaders themselves in the industry, they also have created a strong leadership program. The Elite leadership program develops attitude, personal financial skills, and proper decorum. In addition, Elite includes the entire National Glass Association (NGA) architectural flat glass training. Any company will agree that its people are its most valuable asset; construction and manufacturing companies are no exception to this widely recognized axiom.”
Facade & Curtain Wall Specialist - Western US & Canada
Michael has over 20 years of real-world experience on many of largest, high profile projects throughout the Western United States. Through his knowledge and expertise, Michael developed a solid reputation working closely with inspectors, glazing contractors, and curtain wall consultants as a trusted resource on a wide range of curtain wall projects.
Michael is committed to ensure your project stays on budget and gets done right the first time from conception to close out. Prior to his role as Façade and Curtain Wall Specialist for the Western US and Canada, Michael was the Western United States and Hawaii Regional Manager.
Felix Mestas was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Jefferson High School in Edgewater in 2001 and went to work in commercial construction. Shortly after joining the workforce, he found JR Butler. Starting as a laborer in the field, he quickly learned to love the world of commercial glazing for its ability to combine architectural beauty with engineering and performance. During this time, the company started its journey into large-scale unitizing as well as Lean construction and manufacturing, both of which Felix is passionate about. Felix is involved in several leadership groups which focus on providing life and leadership skills to employees who might otherwise have not had access to them. Felix is also on advisory committees for Pickens Tech and Emily Griffith, where he has been working to help steer high school students towards a career in commercial construction.